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i read something in diesel power about a Hot Start brand engine block heater that is kinda like a canister heater. well more like a hot water heater you have in a house but it just constantly circulates the warm coolant throughout the system. I have seen similar systems on emergency backup generators. I was wondering if anyone had experience with these and what they thought? I don't have to plug in much in texas but looking at moving so i am doing my research. thanks
you do have a block heater more than likely but with that hot start it circulates the coolant to a temperature warmer that what the block heater will do. My block heater warms the engine up to 80 degrees i believe that hot start was like 120 or 140 if i remember reading plus factory one won't circulate coolant
2005 AUTO | 5"TBE | S&B CAI | SMARTY SR
My early driving years were in Winnipeg where winter temperatures often dropped below -40. If you didn't plug your vehicle in (gas or diesel) you probably weren't going to start it until spring. Standard behavior if you were staying overnight without access to an electric plug was to leave the vehicle running.
One of my vehicles was a 1980 Mazda RX-7 which was not a great winter car for so many reasons. I had a bunch of electric help to keep it warm: block heater, dipstick heater, electric battery blanket, in-car heater, and a rad hose heater. (streetlights would dim when I plugged the car in).
I don't know why more people didn't use rad hose heaters because this was the most effective of them all. It didn't pump the coolant, but it flowed because of convection and really worked well.
Is that anything like the Hot Start?
2007.5 Mega - MP-8, Edge, ISSPro Guages, Gooseneck, airbags, OBA, lighting by KC and Hella front & back
I haven't done anything other than use the stock heater in my CTD, but I also have a 2 litre VW diesel that did not come with a heater and has no frost plugs. I put in a 1000 W Zero Start heater and it works great. The only thing to remember with a natural circulation heater is to mount it low relative to the engine and make sure it has a path upward for the heated coolant to rise into.
i am well aware of the fact that my truck has the block heater, but like stated above, the Hot Start circulates the warm fluid and also is capable of warming the coolant to around 140F. engine block heaters are great but i was just wondering if anyone had experience with the canister style heaters, like i said, i am considering moving north (considerably colder than Texas) and was wondering what others thought. seems like a pretty good thing to me, i mean the ability to have the truck blowing warm air into the cab at start up. sounds cozy.
2007.5 2500 LB, SRW, 6.7L, G56, Frontier front end replacement bumper, Everything else is stock cause i spent all my money on my last truck and i am cheap and my wife doesn't let me have a big enough allowance. ha
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